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Tyronn Lue: Cavaliers Replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson in Starting Lineup

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In the hopes of shoring up one of the worst defenses in the league while shaking the Cleveland Cavaliers from their month-long slump, the Cavs are replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup, coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday.

“We’re going to start Tristan,” Lue said. “Jae has been playing good the last few games and it has nothing to do with Jae. He’s been great. He’s all about the right things. He’s all about the team. You hate to make these changes. Not saying it’s permanent, but he’s about the team. Went and talked to him this morning and he said, ‘Whatever is best for the team. I’m all in.'”

Lue said that Thompson’s presence will shift Kevin Love back to his natural position at power forward. He also said Thompson should be able to mesh well with Isaiah Thomas in both covering pick-and-rolls on defense and executing them on offense.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: ‘Increasing expectation’ Chris Paul Will Start Season with Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.

Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.

The market expands on Dec. 15, when players who signed offseason free-agent deals can become eligible to be included in trade packages.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Report: Reggie Bullock Undergoes Surgery on Cervical Disc Herniation

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Medical Update: Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.

Source: New York Knicks on Twitter

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Sources: Cameron Payne, Raptors Agree to Deal

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Guard Cameron Payne has agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell
@TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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